Peggy Guggenheim was an American art collector, bohemian and socialite. Her career belongs in the history of 20th-century art. Peggy used to say that it was her duty to protect the art of her own time. She dedicated half of her life to this mission, as well as to the creation of the museum that still carries her name.
In 1921 Peggy Guggenheim traveled to Europe, and soon found herself at the heart of Parisian bohemia and American expatriate society. In 1937, Peggy decided to open an art gallery in London. The opening of the Guggenheim Jeune gallery in January 1938 marked the beginning of a career that would significantly affect the course of postwar art. In 1949, she settled in Venice, where she lived and exhibited her collection for the rest of her life. The Peggy Guggenheim Collection is a modern art museum on the Grand Canal in Venice, Italy, and is one of the most visited attractions in Venice.
Visit Peggy’s website at: http://www.guggenheim.org/venice/